Just re-stocked: Knitter’s Keep, Essential Tools from Cocoknits

Just re-stocked in time for holiday gift-giving :-)
Shop Cocoknits Tools in our online store!


THE KNITTER’S KEEP

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Keep knitting accessories close at hand …

Are you tired of digging through the sofa cushions to find your stitch markers? Tired of holding your cable needle behind your ear (or with your teeth)? And where is that tapestry needle when you need it?

Problem solved.

A silicone slap bracelet fits any size wrist and sports a brushed steel-plated magnet. Nickel-plated accessories attach to the magnet to keep what you need where you need it most.

KIT INCLUDES:

  • One silicone slap bracelet in orange, green, blue or grey
  • 10 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8mm needles or smaller)
  • 2 cable needles (size US 1 / 2.5mm)
  • 2 curved-tip tapestry needles
  • One handy 100% cotton pouch to keep everything together in your knitting bag.

COLOURED OPENING STITCH MARKERS

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These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.


COLOURED STITCH MARKERS

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These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.


ASSORTED NICKEL STITCH MARKERS

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Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.

  • 20 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)

STITCH FIXER

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This handy little tool is a double-ended crochet hook that can be used to pick up dropped stitches and works for most of your knitting project repairs. The Stitch Fixer is made of nickel plated steel, sticks to your Knitter’s Keep and is always within reach!

25 000 Tuques Update

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It’s been a few weeks since Danielle Létourneau launched the call to knit tuques for Canada’s Syrian refugees and the response has been overwhelming!  On the weekend we hosted a pop-up store at an event held at the École Rudolph Steiner de Montréal and left with just over 125 hats in hand! Our bin at the store was also filled to capacity with donations and today we dropped off a total of 249 hats at the McCord Museum, one of the main collection spots.

As luck would have it, Danielle was there with a group of knitters, collecting, sorting and knitting the hundreds of head warmers! There was a wonderful energy permeating the room and the smiles all around were infectious. We think that Danielle just might reach her goal of 25 000 tuques!!

We also bumped into Geneviève Beauchemin and her cameraman from CTV news and they so graciously asked us a few questions about our involvement and then decided to pop by our shop for more inspiration.  I think we may have convinced Geneviève to try her hand at knitting as well. :-)

It seems that the knitting will continue over the holidays and into January since our Syrian brothers and sisters will continue their journey long into the new year.

The McCord Museum will be hosting another knitting event on Friday January 15th from 1pm-6pm and are encouraging even non-knitters to participate by dropping off yarn for others to knit. For more information please click on the following link: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/activities/25-000-tuques-2/

THANK YOU TO WESTMINSTER FIBERS!

We would also like to thank our good friends at Westminster Fibers who have so generously donated yarn for our customers interested in knitting tuques for this project.  Mona, Alma, and Norman from Westminster arranged for the delivery of a beautiful and colourful box of yarn this week, so please come by the store and pick-up a few balls and start knitting!

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Here’s to our wonderful community of knitters, your response has been generous, heartfelt and inspiring!

New store samples: Nick, Seafaring Scarf

NICK by Heidi Kirrmaier

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Nick by Heidi Kirrmaier is a simple cowl with clean lines and functional flare. This accessory is minimalist in style but can be customized with anything from an i-cord or crochet chain tie to a shoe-lace in a bright, contrasting colour for added personality. We knit our version, including the i-cord tie, with ultra-soft Lang Nova and love the way it looks worn open and loose or drawn in for a closer fit and increased warmth.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on Ravelry.
Shop Lang Nova.

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SEAFARING SCARF by Purl Soho

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Knit here with Drops Cloud, Purl Soho’s Seafaring Scarf is a divinely soft and squishy winter warmer that feels beautiful against the skin. Cloud is a “blow yarn” made from soft baby alpaca and cozy merino wool; instead of being spun, the fibres of alpaca and merino are air blown into a tube, which makes the garments made with it about 30-35% lighter than those of comparable thickness. Plus, its completely itch-free! This fisherman’s rib scarf is perfectly unisex and will keep its wearer cozy and snug on even the coldest days.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on Ravelry.
Shop Drops Cloud.

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–  Melissa

Tin Can Knits is doing the 12 Days of Christmas!

They’re giving away a free pattern each day – but they’re only free for 24 hours! The first pattern is for these beautiful Antler Mittens in sizes toddler through large adult. They’re knit with Madelinetosh Chunky – available in 58 colourways in our online store.

Yardage requirements:
Toddler (Child, Adult S, M, L)
70 (80, 120, 150, 200) yds aran / chunky weight yarn

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(Photo: Tin Can Knits)

–  Melissa

Selected store samples – now for sale!

We are often asked if our store samples are for sale and, until now, we’ve always regretfully had to say ‘no’. We knit them to inspire and to provide an enhanced experience for customers who are always welcome to touch and try them on. With more than 300 samples now in store though, we’ve decided it’s time to let some of these little gems go out into the world.  We’ve taken very good care of each and every one and they all still look new. Below is just a sample of what’s currently available for purchase.

Come on in and buy a hand-knit gift for yourself or someone else while they last :-)

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Just added to online store: Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn

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Regia Pairfect is one of those innovations that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. Regia has added a yellow starter thread to mark the beginning of each sock in a skein. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread at the beginning of the ball and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off before beginning the second sock. The result will be two perfectly matched socks!

Currently available in 8 colours.

Shop Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn.

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday x 4!

I couldn’t decide which pattern to highlight for Free pattern Friday today so I’m posting an eclectic mix of four. Enjoy!

–  Melissa


BAA-BLE HAT by Donna Smith

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(Photos: Donna Smith)

A great introduction Fair Isle / colour work, this sweet hat is knitted with 4 colours of aran weight yarn.


DOVETAIL SCARF by Purl Soho

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(Photos: Purl Soho)

A simple and stylish project using just one skein (226 m) of sport weight yarn. Who doesn’t love a one-skein project?!


CONVERSATIONALIST by Plucky Knitter Design

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(Photos: Plucky Knitter)

A great project for social (i.e. mindless) knitting, this easy hat uses 3 colours of worsted weight yarn. If your skeins are at least 210 m each, you should be able to get 3 hats from the 3 skeins at the suggested gauge!


RIBBON CANDY SCARF by Xandy Peters

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(Photos: xandypeters)

This fun psychedelic scarf is a perfect introduction to stacked increases and decreases, a technique which creates extreme waves of colour. Knit with super bulky yarn on 9.0 mm needles, it’s also a quick and satisfying project!

Don’t miss it!

holiday_headerThere are still a few spaces available at our upcoming 2015 Holiday Event this Friday!
Come toast the season with us and enjoy discounts on sought-after yarns and paper patterns,
first choice on dozens of selected store samples for sale (there may actually be close to 100),
and the chance to win several spectacular door prizes!

This promises to be a fun and festive occasion guaranteed
to put you in the holiday spirit
:-)

More information

Melissa & Lisa

Just re-stocked: Digital Row Counters and Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases

DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Purchase in store or online here.

SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Purchase in store or online here.

– Melissa

25000 Tuques: An update

Huffington Post Québec came to film at our Knit Night last Thursday where customers were  avidly knitting hats for the 25000Tuques campaign. The article and video can be found here (disponible en français seulement / available in French only).

Our tuque bin is filling up and we’re just about to start a new one. Wow, you guys are awesome! If you plan to donate a hat, please note that we’ve been given a tentative deadline of January 3rd for delivery of our collected tuques.  At that point, organizers will do a cross-country count of all of the hats knit in service of this wonderful initiative. We’ll be sure to report back with that number early in the new year :-)

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We’ve been honoured to be a small part of the process and have been gratified to see that this initiative has inspired knitters of all ages to become involved.  Even Lisa’s son, Gianluca (age 9), and my son, Tristan (age 11), were keen to get in on the action and worked hard to knit up their first hats. It was so rewarding to see the pride they took in the accomplishment. We definitely see more hat knitting in their future.

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–  Melissa

 

New store samples: Tilted Shadows & Storm Door

TILTED SHADOWS by Vera Sanon

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Vera Sanon’s Tilted Shadows is a versatile accessory that can be worn as a wrap, cowl, or scarf! This gorgeous piece begins with a provisional cast-on and is knit on the bias for a unique, graphic look. The beginning and end stitches are grafted to close the loop into a perfectly seamless wrap. We knit ours with Lang Malou Light for a soft and lofty version which will envelop you in a halo of warmth you won’t want to take off.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop Malou Light.

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STORM DOOR by Plucky Knitter Design

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Storm Door by Plucky Knitter Design is a beautiful, well-written pattern for a winter scarf / wrap that combines both form and function in an elegant, cozy accessory. The pattern is fully charted and also provides row-by-row instructions. The stunning cable edging is worked at the same time as the body (no stitches to pick up!) and lends a “well-dressed”, finished look to the piece. The yarn shimmers with deep tonal colour and the merino and silk of Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend create a fabric with gorgeous stitch definition and drape.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop Silk Blend.

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–  Melissa

Come knit tuques with us + 10 free hat patterns!

We’ve been amazed by the incredible generosity our customers have shown since our post about Danielle Létourneau’s 25 000 Tuques campaign, an initiative that seeks to convey Canada’s support of incoming Syrian refugees with the gifting of “welcome tuques” upon their arrival. Providing a refugee with a warm hat is surely a small gesture, but it’s one that speaks volumes. Many of you have come into the store to purchase yarn to knit new hats and some have already dropped off finished projects with notes of welcome attached.  We are so happy to receive these and hope to collect many more!

If you’re currently working on a hat (or hats) for this initiative, we would love to have you join us at our regular Knit Night tomorrow evening from 18h30 – 21h00 to work your tuque magic in community. We promise, you will be in very good company!

In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of 10 free hat patterns to help you in your endeavours.  :-)


Wurm by Katharina Nopp

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(Photo: 52stitches)


Split Brim Toddler Hat by SheepyShenanigans

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(Photo: Stranded-Knitter)


Calzetta by Justyna Lorkowska

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(Photo: Marcin Duda)


Rikke Hat by Sarah Young

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(Photo: allpurledup)


Basic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho

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(Photo: Purl Soho)


Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits

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(Photo: Tin Can Knits)


Toboggan Garter Stitch Hat by Susan Mills

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(Photo: Classic Elite Yarns)


Cocoon Hat by La Maison Rililie

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(Photo: LaMaisonRililie)


Travelling Cable Hat by Purl Soho

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(Photo: Purl Soho)


The Vermonter by Abi Gregorio

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(Photo: Abi Conors)

– Melissa

 

Comfort Cloud: Free pattern!

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Last weekend, in between knitting hats for 25,000 Tuques, I decided to cast on a cowl in one of my new favourite yarns. DROPS Cloud is a deliciously light blend of baby alpaca and cozy merino wool. It’s classified as a “blown yarn”, meaning that the alpaca and merino fibers are blown into a tube; items knit with yarns created in this way are about 30-35% lighter than those made with conventional spun yarns of the same thickness. DROPS Cloud feels perfectly soft and comfortable against the skin and is totally itch-free! Ideal for blankets, big scarves, shawls, and thick sweaters.

This is such a simple project, it’s hardly worth writing up as a formal pattern.
Here’s all you need to know:

COMFORT CLOUD COWL

Materials:
2 balls of DROPS Cloud
1 set of 9 mm, 16″ circular needles

Pattern:
Cast on 64 sts and join to knit in the round.
Every round: *k2, p2, repeat from * (in other words, 2×2 ribbing)
Work until cowl is 17″ tall (finished circumference is between 18″ and 19″)
Cast off loosely in pattern.

Enjoy!

Buy DROPS Cloud online.

–  Melissa

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Notions & Accessories!

It seems impossible that December is upon us! Was it the unseasonably mild Fall that fooled us into thinking we still had plenty of time? Whether you need help shopping for fellow hand-crafters or would like a not-so-subtle way of making your wishes known to loved ones, we’ve got you covered. To kick off the month, we’ve put together a list of notions and accessories any fiber lover would be thrilled to receive, with convenient links to our online shop. Note that all items are also available in store.


LOQI BAGS

loqi_bagsStrong , eco-friendly, reusable, chemical-free, long-lasting, water-resistant, washable. And extremely good looking.  A great on-the-go bag for all your shopping (and knitting / crafting) needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs.

Buy online.


GLEENER DRYER DOTS

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In lieu of harsh chemicals, Gleener Dryer Dots harness the natural properties of wool for eco & effective fabric softening that shaves dryer time by 15 – 30%. Available in Grey Swirl, Heather Grey, and Ivory.

  • Softens, separates & fluffs fabrics naturally with their gentle (and uber quiet) tumbling motion.
  • Saves time, money & energy by 15-30%; 100% wool composition soaks up excess moisture and increases the air circulation in your dryer.
  • Fragrance-free & hypoallergenic; safe for those with sensitive skin, asthma, and allergies. You can even use them to soften baby clothes and cloth diapers. Need we say more?
  • Fabric-friendly: gentle on all dryer-friendly fabrics, leaving behind no icky chemical residues.
  • Durable and re-usable; guaranteed to last 1,000 loads – that’s three years worth of laundry! (Sorry).

SOAK

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Gentle and lightly scented, Soak is an ideal wash for cashmere, wool, cotton and other delicate fabrics.  Available in large (425 ml) and small bottles (90 ml) in the following scents: Aquae, Yuzu, Celebration, Lacey, and Scentless.

Shop Soak.


Eucalan

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Eucalan is an eco-friendly no-rinse delicate wash for lingerie, baby items, woolens and handmade items. Eucalan has a touch of lanolin which is a natural conditioner and dust mite deterrent, as well as beneficial essential oils. Available in a range of sizes, Eucalan is phosphate free, bleach free and highly concentrated.

Shop Eucalan.


Rabbit Fur PomPom

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A perfect hat topper available in a rainbow of colours!

Shop pompoms.


SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES

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Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Buy online.


THE GLEENER

 

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We couldn’t live without this wonder tool. Fuzzing and pilling are a fact of life with knitted garments and some fibers and blends are worse than others. Regular use of the Gleener will keep your pieces looking new and will even resuscitate some you thought were beyond repair. Not convinced? See before and after photos and product videos on the Gleener website.

Buy online.


Gleener on the Go – Travel Fuzz Remover

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Tackle fuzz on the fly with the new Gleener on the Go. Smaller than a glasses case, this travel fuzz remover is compact enough to take anywhere that last minute wardrobe touch-ups are needed. 3 fabric safe edges eliminate pilling while a built-in lint brush dusts away pet hair and dandruff. Keep one in your purse, car, briefcase or desk drawer. Includes 3 fabric-sensitive edges and an integrated lint brush.

Buy online.


DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Buy online. (More colours coming soon!)


THE KNITTER’S KEEP From Cocoknits

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Keep knitting accessories close at hand …

KIT INCLUDES:

  • One silicone slap bracelet in orange, green, blue or grey
  • 10 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8mm needles or smaller)
  • 2 cable needles (size US 1 / 2.5mm)
  • 2 curved-tip tapestry needles
  • One handy 100% cotton pouch to keep everything together in your knitting bag.

Buy online. (More coming soon!)


COCOKNITS COLOURED OPENING STITCH MARKERS

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These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.

Buy online. (More coming soon!)


COCOKNITS COLOURED STITCH MARKERS

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These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.

Buy online. (More coming soon!)


COCOKNITS ASSORTED NICKEL STITCH MARKERS

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Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.

  • 20 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)

Buy online(More coming soon!)


COCOKNITS STITCH FIXER

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This handy little tool is a double-ended crochet hook that can be used to pick up dropped stitches and works for most of your knitting project repairs. The Stitch Fixer is made of nickel plated steel, sticks to your Knitter’s Keep and is always within reach!

Buy online(More coming soon!)


GINGHER STORK SCISSORS


Beautiful design and precise function are combined in these 3½ inch Stork Embroidery Scissors from Gingher. Each pair of scissors comes with a fitted leather sheath for storage.

Buy online.


GLEENER CANVAS TOTES 

Roomy, multipurpose totes ideal for hauling all of your yarn projects!

  • Hand silkscreened print with embroidered & cotton applique details
  • 100% cotton
  • Measures: 16″ h x 14″ w

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Buy online.


KNIT BLOCKERS

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An original idea guaranteed to make blocking your knitted projects easier!  Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers significantly speed up the blocking process and help maintain even tension across a wider area than individual pins. Ideal for blocking on straight edges like sweaters, shawls and scarves.  Made using tough plastic with sturdy, rust resistant stainless steel pins embedded along one side. Designed by knitters for knitters!

Buy online.


Jul DeSIGNS – Shawl Sticks, Pins, and closures

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A beautiful assortment of sticks, pins, and unique screw-on / removable closures – perfect accents for your knitted garments and accessories.

Buy online.


Rico Sock Stop

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Transform ordinary slippery socks into hardwearing, safe, cozy socks with Sock Stop, a non-slip latex based paint. 50 ml

Buy online.


LEE HIGHLIGHTER TAPEstocking_highlighter

A removable alternative to highlighter pens, LEE Highlighter Tape is great for use with knitting charts and patterns.

Buy online.


ZIGZAG STITCHES BOXY BAG

boxy_bags_2015Boxy Bags are handmade using designer Japanese fabrics. Each one is fully lined and beautifully crafted with reinforced seams. Great for storing and transporting knitting or craft projects, the bigger boxy bag will easily accommodate a shawl or small sweater. An interior pocket can hold notions and the bag itself will fit knitting needles or crochet hooks up to 10 inches long.
Approximately 10.5 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches (26cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)

Buy online.


SCOJO Reading Glasses

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“SCOJO New York, revered for its chic collection of reading eyewear, produces the latest in ready-to-wear reading essentials. Must-have designs come alive with bold and exquisite collections. Look to Scojo New York for beautifully feminine collections for women, and sleek, distinctive solutions for men. Utilizing the finest Italian acetates and metal components available today, Scojo eyeglasses marry form and function with effortless grace. All styles bear the Scojo trademarks of design, quality and affordability.”

Love the frames but don’t need reading glasses? SCOJO eyeglasses are optometry grade; simply switch the reading lenses out for prescription lenses.

Buy online.


BOOKHOU “KNIT STITCH” TALL TOTE OR BUCKET TOTE

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Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on beautiful multi-purpose tote bags!

Buy online here and here.


HIYAHIYA SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL STITCH MARKERS

Put a little sparkle in your knitting with these handcrafted Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers! Each set of 12 contains 11 stitch markers with a clear Swarovski Crystal bead, and 1 specialty stitch marker with a colored or shaped Swarovski Crystal Bead. Stitch markers come inside a useful accessory tin.

Buy online.


Stashbot

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Stashbot is your yarn shopping companion! If you find a yarn you can’t live without, this guide will help you determine how much you should buy. It will pay for itself over and over as it saves you from purchasing more skeins of yarn than you need.  Most importantly it will keep your stash useful as you’ll be sure to have enough yarn to knit the projects you would like.  Stashbot is an 8 page booklet that includes yarn requirement averages for gauges 3 – 8 stitches per inch / 2.5 cm. All yarn requirements are presented in both yards and meters.

Buy online.


The Knit Kit

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The Knit Kit is equipped with the eight most essential knitting accessories needed to accompany a set of needles and yarn in your project bag. THE FRONT: The front of The Knit Kit contains a durable row counter and a smooth retracting 5ft. tape measure. The left side of The Knit Kit has a fully removable crochet hook for picking up that dropped stitch or weaving in an end. THE BACK: The back compartment of The Knit Kit nicely houses sturdy, TSA Compliant, collapsible scissors as well as point protectors and three different sized stitch markers. On the back flap is a needle gauge. Note: The Knit Kit is released in new colours every year. This year’s colours are Rose and Sky Blue.

Buy Sky Blue Knit Kit online.
Buy Rose Knit Kit online.


Pom Pom Makers

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The perfect tool for flawless pom poms! Two sizes per package for pom poms. Available in small, large, and extra large sizes.

Buy online.


“KEEP CALM AND CARRY YARN” PROJECT BAGS

Keep calm and carry yarn in these great project bags. Each cotton muslin bag is hand-dyed and screen printed by hand. Perfect for keeping your project organized and easy to grab when you’re on your way out. Image is printed on both sides of bag. Small version measures approximately 11″ x 10.5” / Large version 16″ x 16″.  Available in 11 colours.

Buy online here (Small) and here (Large).


ESPACE TRICOT TOTE

Show your love for Espace Tricot. Our roomy eco-tote is made from 100% recycled cotton and is printed in the US. All seams and stress points are double stitched for durability.
16″W x 15.5″H; 5″ bottom gusset

Buy online.


ESPACE TRICOT GIFT CARD

stocking_giftcardAvailable in any denomination! Can’t make it into the store to pick one up? Can also be purchased over the telephone and delivered by regular post or e-mail. Just give us a ring at 514 486-5648.


 

–  Melissa

New and re-stocked: Interchangeable Sets from Knitter’s Pride

 Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set

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Another special interchangeable set has just landed in store and is moving fast. The needles in the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set are made from high-tech carbon fiber with tips in nickel plated brass. The combination of these two versatile materials make them light bodied and precise. The smooth tips come in perfect points, flawlessly tapered, and are ideal for all types of yarns and projects. The straight surface made of carbon fiber helps stitches move smoothly on the needles. Resilient, flexible cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store. This set includes the nine most used sizes: US 2.5 (3.0mm), US 3 (3.25mm), US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), and US 10 (6.0mm). It comes with 4 Cords (to make circular needles of 24″, 40″ & 2 of 32”), 1 set of size markers, 8 end caps, and 4 cord keys. Available in an attractive black and grey fabric case with see through vinyl for safe storage.

Purchase online.


Royale Interchangeable Needle Set

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We have two sets of this Knitter’s Pride 2015 interchangeable needle gift set in stock at the moment with a few more on order. Note that this set is available in limited in quantities for the holiday season!

Inspired by the City of Love, The Knitter’s Pride Royale Interchangeable Needle Set is a wonderful gift to give and receive.  This specially packaged set includes 9 colour-coded pairs of laminated birch wood interchangeable needles in sizes 3.5 mm/US 4, 3.75 mm/US 5, 4.0mm/ US 6, 4.5mm / US 7, 5.0 mm / US 8, 5.5mm / US 9, 6.0mm / US 10, 6.5 mm / US 10.5 and 8.0 mm / US 11, four color-coded cords in lengths of 24” (green), 32” (orange x 2) & 40” (red) and a set of cord connectors.  Each wooden needle has a striking striped pattern and is adorned with a shiny chrome-plated brass tip. All of the accessories are carefully packaged in a stylish Paris-themed silk fabric pouch that can be used for multiple purposes, and the set itself is presented in a specially designed box with pearly effect.

Purchase online.

New yarns in store from Noro and Malabrigo!

Noro Rainbow Rolls

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Rainbow Rolls are 100% wool pencil roving dyed in Noro’s signature, stunning, self-striping colourways. They can be used for knitting, felting, weaving, or spinning! Please note, as this is roving and not yarn, it will break fairly easily when used to knit or crochet but it is easily grafted back together!

Shop Noro Rainbow Rolls.


Noro Kureyon Air

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Noro Kureyon AIR is a super bulky, single-ply yarn that comes in gorgeous self-striping colourways. Lofty, warm, and light! Ideal for last-minute gifts!

Shop Noro Kureyon AIR.


Malabrigo Lace

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Spun from the finest merino wool, the softness and squish of Malabrigo Lace is extraordinary! A delicate lace-weight single, it blocks like a dream and creates a beautiful and incredibly comfortable fabric. Great for lace, shawls, scarves, lightweight garments. Works well double-stranded for accessories, garments, and colour work. As with all hand-dyed yarn, be sure to get enough to complete your project since each order is a different dye lot.

Shop Malabrigo Lace.

–  Melissa

New in store: Gleener Dryer Dots & Totes

Dryer Dots Eco Fabric Softener (6-packs)

Grey Swirl

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In lieu of harsh chemicals, Gleener Dryer Dots harness the natural properties of wool for eco & effective fabric softening that shaves dryer time by 15 – 30%.

  • Softens, separates & fluffs fabrics naturally with their gentle (and uber quiet) tumbling motion.
  • Saves time, money & energy by 15-30%; 100% wool composition soaks up excess moisture and increases the air circulation in your dryer.
  • Fragrance-free & hypoallergenic; safe for those with sensitive skin, asthma, and allergies. You can even use them to soften baby clothes and cloth diapers. Need we say more?
  • Fabric-friendly: gentle on all dryer-friendly fabrics, leaving behind no icky chemical residues.
  • Durable and re-usable; guaranteed to last 1,000 loads – that’s three years worth of laundry! (Sorry).

Directions:

  1. Toss into the dryer and run the cycle as usual.
  2. Smile; you’ll be done laundry that much sooner :).

Use 3 dryer balls for small loads and 6 for medium to large loads. When not is use, just leave them in the dryer with the door ajar, in a laundry basket, or store them unsealed in their re-usable packaging.

Shop Gleener Dryer Dots

Heather Grey

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Ivory

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Canvas Totes 

Roomy, multipurpose totes ideal for hauling all of your yarn projects!

  • Hand silkscreened print with embroidered & cotton applique details
  • 100% cotton
  • Measures: 16″ h x 14″ w

Cool Cat

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Rockin’ Owl

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Shop Gleener Canvas Totes

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Calzetta Hat

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(Project photos (clockwise): Marcin Duda, LauraPNWMySweetSabinaLauraPNW)

We’re full steam ahead over here on knitting hats for donation to the 25,000 Tuques campaign! Here’s one of the patterns we’re using for colourful, cozy toppers that can be knit up in 2 hours with just 80 m super bulky yarn. Easy, warm, and cheerful!

Download Justyna Lorkowska’s free Calzetta pattern on Ravelry.

Shop super bulky yarns on our online store here – Malabrigo Rasta, Madelinetosh ASAP, Cascade Lana Grande, Cascade Magnum!

– Melissa

 

New store samples: Volute & Crazy Magic Boomerang

VOLUTE by Shellie Anderson

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A luminous and nearly weightless top knit with Shibui Silk Cloud. Flattering on most body types, the generous silhouette is finished with tapered sleeves in Shibui Cima for contrast and structure. Despite the sheer fabric, this garment is surprisingly cozy, providing a soft halo of warmth over anything from a casual tee to a collared shirt. Simple and elegant.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop Shibui Silk Cloud and Cima.

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CRAZY MAGIC BOOMERANG by Susan Ashcroft

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An intuitive and easily memorized chevron-style stitch knits up to beautiful effect with Noro’s colour-changing Taiyo Sock yarn in Susan Aschroft’s Crazy Magic Boomerang. We selected two colours and alternated them every two rows. The boomerang shape makes for a versatile accessory that can easily be worn as a scarf or wrap. Both written and charted instructions are provided.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shop Noro Taiyo Sock.

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– Melissa

The Knitter’s Keep + other essential knitting tools from Cocoknits!

Our Knitter’s Keep Kits have finally arrived, along with a collection of other useful tools from Cocoknits! See all products and descriptions below.


The Knitter’s Keep

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Keep knitting accessories close at hand …

Are you tired of digging through the sofa cushions to find your stitch markers? Tired of holding your cable needle behind your ear (or with your teeth)? And where is that tapestry needle when you need it?

Problem solved.

A silicone slap bracelet fits any size wrist and sports a brushed steel-plated magnet. Nickel-plated accessories attach to the magnet to keep what you need where you need it most.

Kit includes:

  • One silicone slap bracelet in orange, green, blue or grey
  • 10 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5mm needles or smaller)
  • 10 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8mm needles or smaller)
  • 2 cable needles (size US 1 / 2.5mm)
  • 2 curved-tip tapestry needles
  • One handy 100% cotton pouch to keep everything together in your knitting bag.

Coloured Opening Stitch Markers

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These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.


Coloured Stitch Markers

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These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.


Assorted Nickel Stitch Markers

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Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.

  • 20 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)

Stitch Fixer

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This handy little tool is a double-ended crochet hook that can be used to pick up dropped stitches and works for most of your knitting project repairs. The Stitch Fixer is made of nickel plated steel, sticks to your Knitter’s Keep and is always within reach!


Shop all Cocoknits Tools in our online store!

–  Melissa

25 000 Tuques!

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As many of you know, Canada will be accepting 25 000 Syrian Refugees within the next few months and thousands will settle here in Montreal and throughout Quebec. Danielle Létourneau, a Quebec Actor and Director was inspired to launch a campaign to knit hats to not only warm the heads of our new arrivals but to warm their hearts! Danielle was inspired by the welcoming gesture of placing a hat on a newborn right after birth and hopes to let our Syrian brothers and sisters know that we welcome them and care for their well being. The act of making something by hand and giving it to someone, for Danielle, is a gesture that symbolizes that you are part of our family.

Though the knitting of 25 000 hats is ambitious, Danielle says that, however many hats are collected, it will be a beautiful concrete action. Espace Tricot would like to help make this project a success and we invite you to knit a hat and attach a little handmade tag with washing instructions, fibre content and a note of welcome. Hats can be dropped off at the store, or if you are participating at a distance please send us a little care package!

We also invite you to join us during our Knit Nights every Thursday evening from 18h30 – 21h00 to knit your hat in community!

Click here to view the full article that appeared in the Journal de Montreal.
Click here to consult the 25 000 Tuques Facebook page.

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–  Lisa & Melissa

Loqi Bags restocked + New designs

Our LOQI Bag collections have just been re-stocked. LOQI Bags are a strong, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and washable alternative to disposable totes. A fun and stylish on-the-go bag for all your knitting, crafting, and shopping needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs!

We have 33 different styles in stock with three new ones from the MUSEUM Collection joining the party.

Shop all LOQI Bag collections online.

The Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh

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Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black – Piet Mondrian

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The Great Wave – Hokusai

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–  Melissa